Can I tell myself not to have desire?

Question: I cannot help regretting the lack of awareness. I have desire for

the arising of awareness. Can I tell myself not to have desire?

Answer: When you understand that desire counteracts progress there will be

conditions to stop wishing for results. Only intellectual understanding of the

teachings, acquired by reading, considering and discussing can condition

the arising of direct understanding, now or later on. There will be more

patience when we remember that awareness and understanding do not

belong to a self which can make them arise. Then, we can have the courage

to begin again and again to find out more about any reality appearing at this


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